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Raccoons with access to food waste are chubbier and sweeter
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

It’s no secret that the planet is now ‘human’. We – humans – have altered the earth to meet the demands of a booming population, creating so-called “urban landscapes”. But what does that mean for the wildlife that surrounds us? Evidence suggests that wildlife exposed to anthropogenic stressors are different from their non-exposed counterparts in various ways including stress levels, predator-prey interactions, and food intake.

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Less control, better understanding
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

Classically we want everything controlled in an experiment, and for plant scientists growth chambers appear to provide the perfect approach. But the natural environment is infinitely variable, and that’s what plants actually experience. Probing this uncomfortable gap in our understanding, Annunziata and co-workers have been examining metabolic changes under naturally variable conditions, both within a day and day to day.

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A promising alternative biofuel plant
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

Genome sequence of Jatropha curcas L., a non-edible biodiesel plant, provides a resource to improve seed-related traits

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Red fruit, orange fruit, orange fruit, red fruit: Genome editing in tomato
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

Efficient in planta gene targeting in tomato using geminiviral replicons and the CRISPR/Cas9 system